Hi again everyone!
Well I'm here to pass on more theta. I arrived today along with
16 other Volunteer Ministers to the "base" which is located at
Stuyvesant High School, about 1/4 mile from the disaster site.
I initially spent my time just unpacking food and handing out
water. There were so many volunteers from the Red Cross and
Salvation Army too and it became apparent to me and a
couple of others that we needed to do more!
There was a very large barricade there manned by both Police
and Military and they absolutely refused to let us though. The
SO member in charge of the VM's "snuck" about 5 of us in
another way and on the way we gave out cold drinks to tired
We stayed in the pier area right near the site for awhile,
helping to unload TONS of supplies arriving by boat. Let me
just say this - the amount of generous contributions to this
effort are AMAZING! McDonalds, Outback Steakhouse,
Uncle Ben's sent in a huge food truck, Fruit, and just
thousands and thousands of water bottles (I haven't even
mentioned 1% of the food).
There was also tons of free work
gloves, respirators (which we all needed to wear but by the
end of the night it just became to cumbersome),
batteries, flashlights, boots and on and on and on.
One thing that particularly touched me was all the handmade
peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and my favorite - the
bottles of water that children had taped
notes on saying things like, "You're my hero, thank you for
everything you're doing, Be safe" etc.... From there a couple of
us moved right to the disaster site. It was an unbelievable
scene definitely nothing like I actually expected. It wasn't even
upsetting, just very surreal to see the skeleton of what use to
be the towers and just all the rubble.
of course jumped right in and helped by giving out food,
drinks, unpacking etc... Soon thereafter we set-up an area for
assists right there next to the medical area - outside. We put
out 3 cots and we started body routing people in for nerve
assists. I had the pleasure of giving a nerve assist to
a very nice but tired gentleman from the PA Search & Rescue
Team and then gave him a locational afterwards. He was very
VGIs. Well we were successfully doing this for quite awhile
until all of a sudden we heard some type of screams and saw
this huge cluster of firefighters and police
officers running in our directions (hundred of them to give you
Carol (the VM I was working with at the time) and I
ran so fast towards what we later found out was the Morgue
and our lives just past by our eyes (ironically). We were
convinced that some building was crashing down on us.
Actually what had happened was some debris had in fact
fallen a little bit away from us but not right above us and just
the sheer act of everyone running out of there scared us to
So we start walking back to our cots and some rescue worker
had fallen during the run and was hurt. So immediately we
went to comfort him as he looked very frightened. I got the
number for his home and for his office and starting using my
cell phone to inform them of his being injured but totally fine
while Carol kept holding his hand. Keep in mind cell phones
don't work down there like they use to so I had to keep hitting
send to get through so it was crazy!
After that, I
moved over to the triage center thinking to myself that the
possibilities of any one of these other structures coming was
very real as none of them were truly intact and stable but I
thought "Oh well! If I'm going to die let me die doing this!"
then I stopped thinking about it.
At this point my
adrenaline was speeding and I was doing things in triage like
pulling of wet socks off this guy who'd been up for like 24
hours and getting him dry socks and bigger underwear (no
kidding), new shoes (all from wonderful donations!)
and powdering his feet after the medics handled his blisters. I
made sure that we got him food and drink and supplied him
with extra for his colleagues. We had to find batteries and
more medical supplies and on and on. In addition, I heard
from several firefighters that they had just found
[x] people alive!!
Now hours later I don't see any of this in the news, so
I'm a little bit worried now that somehow this was wrong or
altered data. I definitely heard some higher up in the Fire
department say that they found them all together and alive so
I'M PRAYING that this is accurate and being that media were
NOT allowed down there they just haven't heard yet. I hung
out there for a long time and even saw the "pit" which is
basically all the rubble that the workers were going through
and I was happy that this not enturbulate me but made me just
feel proud to be on this team and helping.
The one thing I truly want to share is that in the 9 hours I spent
down there today NOT ONCE did I see someone angry or
upset or downtone. Not one argument or anything which
would be expected at such a sad time and with so
much outruds. EVERYONE was a team!! And I'm proud to
report that everyone appreciated us in the Yellow Shirts! WE
were there and we helped out in everyway we could. This
included being in comm with people and just making
them smile!!! I was running the team after our last I/C had left
and afterwards it made me wish I was on staff! The
camaraderie I experienced today is like one I never have
before. There were literally thousands of workers comprised
of police, firefighters, paramedics, electricians, iron
workers, sanitation and more and it was just so great to be
there and helping.
Carol and I left together and as we're walking down this big
street away from the site this really nice Salavation Army
volunteer offered us food and water (we looked really dirty
and tired) and I accepted some water and thought how funny
to end my day on the other end of the flow.
I'm tired now and please excuse any grammatical or spelling
mistakes and I'm sure I've missed out on a few things but I
think this is good for now and I'll be going back tomorrow.
They were starting to make it more difficult
to get in and out of there but we can do it again!!!
Much love and MUCH THETA,
What can I say. Wow. I was glad to be able to contribute but I
have truly gotten the mass of what has happened here and seen
it for myself and I have to admit - I've had a moment or
sadness and a reality adjustment to be sure.
Just before our trip to ground zero (as it's now called) we had
a candle light vigil outside of the org. Many people in the
streets at the Broadway theatres also were standing outside
lending each other a light.
The two people I was with (arrived all the way from Florida)
and I, walked down 46th street with candles lit, and I sang a
song appropriate to the moment. A lady walked up to us and
asked us how long the vigil would be going on for - I looked at
her and said 'as long as you decide to" and she
acknowledged me by saying " this is nice." We created a very
Slightly later on, there was a van load of us (about 12) and we
drove down the west side highway (which was eerily empty -
with the exception of the Intrepid with her lights strewn from
her mast marking her as the landmark
that she is) and drove past one of the shelters at the Chelsea
Peers. As we got closer to the place where we were going, we
trailed a marked police car to the other rescue vehicles on the
way. Many clusters of people along the way were clapping and
cheering us (and others allowed to help) on.
When we got as far as we could go in the traffic of dump
trucks, police and army vehicles, we all got out and walked
the remaining stretch of highway together down to the high
school where the shelter was put for the relief of
the workers that are down there.
I'd like to add, that amongst the Mounties, the army, the police
and all of the other people that were placed along side the
road to STOP anything that was able to be stopped, WE were
easily able to glide past them. In the end, THEY were the
one's who told US how to get by THEM. ("Just say that you're
[XXX]") the secret password has been given to us!
I had a moment of pride, and felt their flow of commradeiere.
(Us in our yellow t-shirts, and them in their green camouflage
- deep stuff!)
I took on the hat of "Chick who served dinner" on the hot food
line - and served an army (or two) of fire men, police men,
paramedics, you NAME it -- their dinner. Or breakfast. Who
What I can tell you though - is that everyone there was tired,
but glad to be creating an effect. There were VM's who were
brand new and TAUGHT ME assists that I could deliver
before we left for the area, and the general
need and want that I observed today was that they were just
happy to have us there - holding up their space and flowing
them theta. And being in comm.
And so much of them were thanking us -- and we were
thanking them -- and it was all very thankful and appreciative!
I loved it!
Oh, and as a side note, I was very pleased to see the "Mental
health" section empty, and K K's assist cot FULL --
every single time I had the opportunity to venture away from
my post for a break! It was a beautiful thing!
I have never experienced what I did today - as regards to the
kindness, and generosity, and closeness of all of our separate
groups - brought together.
And pardon me if I "wax sentimental" but, one of my personal
favorite demo's (when done right) is "What is a team." And I
saw one, and got to add my theta flow, and something I am
quite good at (I even sang while serving dinner on occasion by
request... yes, it pays to have a repetoir!) - and witnessed that
everyone was doing what they should be doing, while they
were doing it.
This is a truly beautiful thing, and I was glad to be there - and
know that I will sleep like a baby tonight because I helped.
Upon leaving, the flow was returned by people on the side of
the streets - asking us if we wanted water, or Gatorade -
passing us gift bags made by the children of a local Catholic
I am truly touched - and especially glad and grateful for those
who are coming to New York from California to help us
despite the counter intention that has demonstrated it's
I thank you and New York thanks you.
This is just going to be a quick communication to the group!
As part of a briefing given to a group going to ground zero this
evening (some folks from LA), we were informed not to give
out any information about what is going on down there via the
However, we are allowed to call people to share the good
news, or news in general.
This restriction was communicated as being necessary in that
the internet can be infiltrated, and possibly this information
could be gotten into the wrong hands, altered, etc.
Therefore I am afraid that I can not give you all the kinds of
detailed messages as I have been in the past, and I am sorry
However, I think that I can say with certainty that we are
TRULY one of only 4 groups allowed into ground zero. This
is a known fact and even the reporters are green with envy I
Any debriefing by any VM is being typed up and sent via pr
and media uplines daily, and we will all be given great news.
But please know that GREAT things are actually happening
everyday, and I want to again acknowledge you for the great
acknowledgements that you have sent to me and to the people
here. We thank you, and we thank you for the loans of your
fabulous people who are doing a phenomenal job and are
adding theta to the space.
New York thanks you and I love you all.